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Rising numbers of female self-employed
by Susie Hughes at 13:49 19/03/19 (News on Business)
More women are turning to self-employment than ever before as latest data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) shows the number of women in self-employment rose by 31,000 in the last quarter of 2018.
Freelancer group, IPSE welcomed the news, but also warned the Government must recognise the importance of this sector to women and many others and do more to protect it.

A spokesman from IPSE said: “This data shows just how important it is for women across the UK to have the choice to go into self-employment. More of them than ever before are taking advantage of the freedom and flexibility of this way of working.

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“As IPSE’s own research has shown, the number of women in self-employment has increased by 63 per cent since 2008 – and clearly that strong growth is continuing.

“The jobs recovery since the financial crisis has been driven by the huge number of people turning to self-employment – particularly mothers. IPSE research shows that one in eight of all self-employed people are now mothers.

“As more and more people – and especially women – turn to self-employment, it is vital that the Government recognises the importance of this sector and gives it the protection and support it needs. Above all, like other businesses, the self-employed need certainty from the Government on Brexit – and a deal that works for them."


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